geno asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

how can i get rid of barn swallows ?

How can I keep barn swallows from making a nest in my entrance way ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Barn swallows are kind of messy, however, they eat mosquitoes. They return to their nests every year. Here's how I got rid of them....they are very frightened of snakes. Tear their next down...and put a small, rubber snake where the nest was located.

  • 1 decade ago

    Nest removal: At the first sign of nest building, remove the nest. Note: All swallows are protected under the law. You cannot disturb them once they lay their eggs in the nest (see “Legal Status”).

    Usually nests can be washed down with a water hose or knocked down with a pole. Because swallows are persistent at rebuilding nests, you will need to continually remove the nest mud for several days until the birds stop. Swallows are strongly attracted to old nests or to the remnants of deteriorated nests, so all traces of mud should be removed.

    Swallows are federally protected. Any permit to lethally control these species would need to be issued from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and would only be issued in very extreme cases. Some examples are concerns for aircraft safety from a nesting colony at an airport or potential food contamination from a colony over a loading area at a food-processing center.

    In most cases a permit for lethal control will not be issued for swallows nesting on a residence or other buildings and causing aesthetic damage. A permit is not required to remove swallow nests under construction that do not contain an adult, any new eggs or young, or nests abandoned after the breeding season.

    If an adult swallow is occupying a half-built nest, or a fully built nest without eggs, then the law protects it.

    Additional Information

    I’ve been noticing quite a few swallows, swifts, and martins. So I’ve done a little research on this summer trio. Believe it or not, these three species of birds give us a lot to be thankful for. They eat the majority of those nasty little mosquitos as they fly through the air, making us wish there were more of them so we could watch and see just how graceful they really are. Unfortunately, most species of swallows that migrate regularly, don’t stay very long in any one area...even though their human hosts wish they would! Two of the most popular swallows that reside in the United States are the Barn Swallow, and the Tree Swallow. Tree swallows can be more elusive than their barn dwelling counterparts mainly due to the fact that it is very hard to pinpoint their nests. During this reading, we’re concentrating mainly on the Barn Swallow.

    Barn Swallows

    This is the only swallow that is known to have the true swallow-type, forked tale. Ranging around 6-7 ½” long, they are a shiny dark blue in color with white spots and a rusty cinnamon color on the underside of the body.

    The Barn swallow winters in Costa Rica, on down to Argentina, Africa, and south Asia. Barn swallows return year after year to the same well-engineered house or nest that they originally built. They build their nests of mud, hair, and grass. It’s a cone shaped dwelling with thick walls (approx. 1”). Usually, the opening at the top of the nest is located near the ceiling of the wall that is used as a base for the mud bottom of the nest. They reside in pairs, sometimes forming small communities, and work together for the protection of their young and their nests. This species flies very close to the ground. There is little gliding and a lot of wing-flapping. It is not unusual to see Barn swallows displaying amazing courage as they bomb-dive cats, dogs, and other animals that come too close to their dwellings. My little dog has had his share of attacks!

    Actually, there are about seventy-five species of swallows in the world today. They tend to have slim bodies that are almost streamlined in appearance. They all tend to have long wings that are pointed, and beaks that are able to gape open; an asset to their ability to feed on insects while in flight.

  • 1 decade ago

    What you need to do is hang a net inside the barn on the ceiling, the swallows can't get through the netting or they will get tangled. there is a buisness that deals with problem barn birds. but thats all the will do, unless you want to put poison out. but that would put ypur domestic animals in danger. so the net idea is probably ypur best bet.

  • 1 decade ago

    Why? they're good luck to have around, eat their weight in mosquitos and bugs. Once they nest, they return.Some Europeans are superstitious and enjoy their company. Just live with them unless they dive bomb you, then guerilla raid at night!

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    i don t think cats like swallows . At least that is what I am told.

  • gluing sewing needles pointy side up or buying plastic spikes at Lowe's or Home Depot.

  • 1 decade ago

    Get an owl. Then the question becomes how do you get rid of the owl?

  • 1 decade ago

    borrow my 3 calicos

  • 1 decade ago

    make a nest for them somewhere else

  • 1 decade ago

    get a cat

    or two

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